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Top online project management tools

With technology moving at such a fast pace, the saying: 'there's an app for that' can most definitely be applied to project management. Here are a few online tools we've handpicked which should make your project management life easier:

 

For managing the whole team

 

SharePoint 2013 - changing the order of User Profile properties

We had a request come in recently to allow staff to add some custom text to their email signatures. Simple, thought the Systems Admin, we'll just put it in an Active Directory property and then bring that into the rules that create the signatures. Sorted.

But how do we get the text in there? Are we really going to have IT Support update Active Directory every time someone wants to change their text? Of course we're not! We need a way to allow the staff to update this for themselves.

Supporting business growth

Helping people and businesses achieve extraordinary things is what we stand for - and this by no means stops at training. We are passionate about helping businesses grow as in turn it keeps people in employment and strengthens the British economy.

 

What's your type of Agile?

Do you like the idea of Agile but don't know your Scrum from your Kanban or your AgilePM from your PRINCE2 Agile?

Fear not - we've put together a small set of multiple-choice questions asking you about how your team currently handles projects. Our Agile Assessment Methodology Tool will indicate what mix of Agile methodology is best-suited to you and your team. 

Agile meet-up West Midlands

On Monday 5th October, we'll be holding an early-evening meet-up for all the Agile enthusiasts in and around the Worcester area.

It's a chance to rub shoulders with fellow admirers of Agile, whether you've only just embarked on your Agile journey or you're a fully-fledged Agile convert, everyone is welcome.

Joining us will be Howie Bartrip and Tim Finch, Quanta's own Agile experts. The event give you the chance to network with others, watch a short presentation and participate in a workshop.

There's no such thing as 'too busy'

Often in or outside of work you ask people to help you to do something or go somewhere and often you hear back that they are 'busy'.  We understand this and sometimes may even feel a little sympathetic. 

We are conditioned by the media and modern life to be busy, we all now lead increasingly busier lives in our on-demand 24/7 culture, in fact I cannot remember at work the last time I met someone who wasn’t busy!

But is it true that people can be too busy to do things? And if not, why do they say it? 

New course: RESILIA Foundation

It's a sad fact that over recent years, cyber threats are becoming increasingly common. 73% of large organisations have suffered financial losses from computer viruses or malicious software within the past year. This is increasing year on year with the rate up from 59% the year before. Technology is not the answer: human error is a factor in more than 95% of security breaches.

 

Tiny tweaks lead to big changes

I don’t know about you, but I spend part of my spare time outside of work reading books about management, leadership and communication skills. I ought to point out that this is due to the nature of the courses I teach – I specialise in project management and soft skills courses, and so it's necessary that I keep up with the many varying observations people have on these topics, with the beneficial side-effect of making me a better-informed and more interesting person (cough).

Why choose Agile?

Agile is the latest in a series of hot buzzwords that sweep through our management lives – but what does it mean? Is Agile a silver bullet that will fix all project problems? Is Agile a tool to replace traditional techniques such as PRINCE2® because the traditional techniques are somehow “broken”?

The answer of course is neither of the above. And since Agile methodologies have been around since the 1970s, why has there been such intense renewed interest in Agile in these last few years?

Service desk – the unsung heroes of IT?

In recent years, the 'IT help desk' has undergone a shift in meaning thanks to its new name, the 'IT service desk'. It was deemed that if it's known as a 'help desk' then staff would only call it when they needed help or when something was wrong.  A service desk can in fact deal with anything from the need to install Adobe Reader, setting up a new user, to dealing with an exploded computer, all the way through to how to update a formula on Excel.

AgilePM vs Scrum vs PRINCE2 Agile

We currently offer three basic approaches to Agile working: Scrum, DSDM and PRINCE2 Agile® – what’s the difference?

Despite Agile methodologies proving to be effective in organisations around the world, there are still companies who are nervous of adopting an Agile approach. Often, senior management perceive there to be a lack of control in Agile methodologies. Once you know Agile, you’ll understand that this is incorrect – Agile methods should give you far more control than using a non-Agile approach.

Value - two ITIL® questions to ask yourself

What's clear in ITIL® is that value is not always related to money - it's not always about providing the cheapest service.

When compiling a new IT service, always ask yourself 'What are we trying to achieve?' Think about the outcome you're trying to get to rather than the means by which it should be done.  A great example is 'we need a website so that we can sell online' is the wrong way to think about it. This declaration is focusing on the means and not the outcome.

Are you ready for Windows 10?

For anyone already using Windows 7 or 8, the eagerly-anticipated Windows 10 operating system will be free to download from 29th July. Why not get yourself up to scratch with this latest update from Microsoft?

 

Windows 10 course at Quanta

 

PRINCE2 Agile® - the wait is over!

We are proud to announce that from the end of September, we will be running PRINCE2 Agile courses. Due to popular demand, AXELOS has put together a syllabus which includes all the responsiveness and flexibility of Agile combined with the structure and control of PRINCE2.

 

Get your exam results in less than a week!

Back in January, we announced that the time to wait for ITIL® exam results is now four working days or fewer. We're adding many more exams to this list which means that if you're in search of a certification, you'll get your result within a week of sitting the exam.